COOP Plans for Labs

On Thursday, September 19, 2014, EPA’s Water Security Division (EPA WSD) and ASDWA hosted a joint webcast on the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Template for Drinking Water and Wastewater Laboratories. Developed by EPA’s WSD Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA) team, the COOP Template is designed to help state, utility, and private laboratories enhance the reliability of critical laboratory operations during a crisis.

The “star” of the webcast was the demo of a soon-to-be-available Labs COOP Template Fillable Form which will streamline adding or deleting elements or updates to the original COOP.  Meanwhile, an instructions document on creating a lab-appropriate COOP is already available on WLA’s website (see the link below).   More than 40 participants from state primacy agencies and laboratories registered for the webcast to learn about the benefits of developing a laboratory COOP and to view the demo.  For those who were unable to join us last week, ASDWA will be posting the presentation and the recorded webcast on the Security Page of the ASDWA website www.asdwa.org as soon as they are available.

Two additional webcasts geared specifically for laboratories have been scheduled for October 23, 2014 and January 15, 2014 (1-2pm ET). Registration will be live shortly at: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/wla/training.cfm#live

The Instructions for Continuity of Operations Plan Template for Drinking Water and Wastewater Laboratories can be accessed at: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/wla/index.cfm.

If you have any questions, please email WLA@epa.gov.

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